It’s been a while since I published anything. I almost feel guilty for talking about anything other than coronavirus dominating our lives. But these days there has been a distraction in a form of never-ending American election.

As I began to type this post, America was still counting votes and the world was watching.

Then, the results came in and the world exhaled.

I’ve been in such a good mood since yesterday it’s unbelievable. It’s not like the world suddenly changed and everything is ok now, but there’s hope, gratitude for choosing what matters, and the pure joy of realization people might not be that bad and we’re not all doomed. 2020 is full of surprises and right now the future doesn’t seem so bleak.

So while America continues to celebrate the historical moment, my beloved Czechia is the worst in COVID and my homeland Slovakia is testing its whole population for corona, let me tell you about the awesome cinnamon rolls I made yesterday.

Pumpkin spice season is over and honestly, it went by so freaking fast. Or maybe it seems so quick for me because I spend half of October being sick in bed and now it’s Christmas all of the sudden.

That means gingerbread, peppermint, chocolate, cinnamon, and cinnamon rolls.

I never made ones myself but I’ve been a huge fan for years.

So as I was waiting for my last corona test results, I’ve been online shopping for some groceries, preparing myself for possible quarantine, I got myself some cubed yeast.

The plan was to make donuts but the dought rose pretty nicely so I went on a cooking spree and made both donuts and cinnamon rolls as the dought is the same.

They were so good I had to share my achievements with the world.

I’m terrible at following or giving cooking recipes.

It’s mainly because of the years in the laboratory where you just have to follow instructions precisely or you’re screwed, while in the kitchen it’s not that terrible and it can be fixed. Most of the time.

Not happy with the consistency? Add more liquids till it feels right or whatever.

Over the years you’ll simply develop a strange sense of measurements. Like I don’t own any measurement scale in my kitchen and I measure everything by “Yeah that’s about it” feeling.

And it works every time!

So this is how I made my awesome cinnamon rolls and made the Biden Harris day even better.

I crushed my cubed yeast in a bowl and mixed it with a spoon of sugar and a spoon of flour. Pour the mixture with a cup of warm milk– I simply microwaved mine. Cover it with a cloth and wait till the mixture grows. Mine took around 20 minutes till it overflows through the bowl.

Take a bigger bowl and mix the flour-like half of the bag, with a bit of salt, a lot of sugar, some milk and oil, one whole egg, and 2 egg yolks. I know the last sentence is a bit confusing so maybe a cup as a measurement would be sufficient so like 3-4 cups of flour, one cup sugar, and one cup half milk and half oil.

Mix this with your yeast beauty until you’re satisfied with your dough.

It shouldn’t be too sticky to your fingers so add flour if needed – I had to add more flour to my sticky mixture for example.

When you’re happy with your creation that looks like a big fluffy ball, leave it in a bowl and cover it with the cloth and do your thing, the next step might take a while.

I left my dough to grow in peace and went shopping for more cinnamon rolls ingredients like cinnamon that was missing from my pantry.

It took like 2 hours for my dough to be big enough to pierce through the cloth covering it, signalizing it’s time to make the rolls.

I divided my dough into two parts and made the donuts from one half which was awesome as well.

But not as good as the cinnamon rolls.

Spread the drought to the square/rectangle shape on a big enough surface. Cover it with the melted butter – enough to cover it whole. Sprinkle the drought with brown sugar and cinnamon and use it as much as you want.

Roll it, obviously.

Cut the roll into similar size pieces and place them into your baking pan or pans in my case as my roll was much bigger than I expected.

Give your rolls in the pan some time and space to grow some more. Like 30 more minutes to fill out the form to the fullest covered with the cloth again.

Btw- have you ever seen cuter baking paper than mine?

It was an accidental buy- I didn’t know I was buying Christmas themed baking paper and it was the prettiest mistake ever.

I cooked my cinnamon rolls for around 20 minutes at 180°C or until golden brown. Whilst cooking the middle of the rolls rose up and it looked so ridiculous and I thought I fucked it up. Cinnamon rolls are supposed to look nice and not like those deformed triangles I was looking at, but thankfully I could easily push the middle parts back to its place once they cooled down.

For the glaze, I used 2 spoons of cream cheese and powdered sugar. That mixture was nice and thick so I diluted it with water to get better consistency and poured it all over the fresh cinnamon rolls.

I seriously ate half the pan in one sitting and in the end, I was so grateful my dough grew so much I had way more cinnamon rolls that I originally planned to have.

So yeah, I had a great day, eating homemade cinnamon rolls and celebrating democracy with my American friends and it’s been so long since I felt so peaceful.

4 Comments

  1. November 8, 2020 / 7:19 pm

    It was indeed the best night in a very long time. Truly digging this peaceful feeling 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. November 8, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    I’m also sharing your sense of peace!!! (now I really want cinnamon rolls….)

  3. November 8, 2020 / 11:26 pm

    I’d be happy to have one of those cinnamon rolls to celebrate with. It’s been a long week here but better days are ahead.

  4. November 16, 2020 / 3:53 am

    Howdy Natalia!

    I was really worried that Biden would win, but we would be deprived of that celebratory moment. I remember when Obama was declared in year ’08 and just how satisfying and emotional it was and when Trump was declared in ’16 just how deflating and disappointing it was. I was afraid that without that moment when everyone was watching that the victory would not have emotional impact that it should. I’m happy to have been wrong. It was wonderful to see everyone celebrating and dancing and singing in the streets.

    And, now, I want cinnamon rolls. What a victory!

    Unfortunately, the fight is not over. As folks in Eastern Europe have found out, we have to remain ever vigilant to maintain our democracy.

    Huzzah!
    Jack

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